From April 2-6, the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, led a team of TKU senior personnel on a visit of 'Incubation Centers' in several cities of Mainland China, including Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and various others. The TKU delegation included the Vice President of Administrative Affairs, Dr. Hu Yi-jen, The Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Hsu Hui-Huang, the Director of the Office of Alumni Service and Resources, Dr. Peng Chun-Yang, the Director of the TKU Cham Pion Incubation Center, Chiang Jen-Shiun, along with approximately 30 alumni from around Taiwan. As part of the visit, the group toured various incubation centers in China, and took part in discussions and exchange events.
The Taiwan ‘Green University’ Alliance, established in 2013, is a conglomerate of 50 institutions of higher education which aims to reduce carbon emissions and create a more environmentally-friendly college environment in Taiwan. Starting from 2017, numerous ‘green university’ forums have been held in northern, central, and southern Taiwan, with the TKU Office of General Affairs responsible for organizing the northern Taiwan forums. On March 28, the northern Taiwan forum kicked off at the TKU Ching Sheng International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. Over 60 special guests from around Taiwan took part in the event. The TKU Dean of General Affairs, Dr. Luo, Shiaw-Shyan, said the theme of the forum this time was ‘Improving the Environment, One Bite at a Time’.
The 2017 Tamkang University Career Fair commenced at 10am on Wed, March 29, Tamsui Campus. It was organized jointly by the TKU Career Guidance Section and the New Taipei City Employment Service Center. This year's fair was larger in scope and size than previous years' fairs, with a total of almost 100 companies setting up stall; nearly 5,000 vacancies on offer. Businesses from various fields participated, including technology, banking, education, entertainment, food, and service. Among the more familiar names were brands like Ding Tai Feng, Wowprime, Uniqlo, and Gjun Computer, to name just a few. The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Chun-Hung Lin, noted that each year TKU holds several lectures by local businesses, practical internship courses, and career-related events, such as the Career Fair. Through such events, students get to observe first-hand the types of personnel required by businesses in various fields, and to better assess the career path suited to them.
On March 25, 2017, the TKU Alumni Spring Banquet event kicked off at the Shao Mo Memorial Gymnasium, Tamsui Campus, at 8:50 am. Present at the banquet event were the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, and the President of the TKU World Alumni Association, Lin Chien-Hsiang, who helped get the day's activities underway. Such activities included sports events, such as baseball, softball, badminton, soccer, basketball, and darts, with over 130 alumni divided into 18 teams taking part. Following the team sports events was an awards ceremony and a lunch banquet held at the TKU Student Activity Center. During the ceremony, alumni who had made significant contributions to their alma mater or to society in general were recognized, and presented with specially-made honor plaques. As part of the award ceremony, alumni from the TKU Department of Electrical Engineering donated money to establish a ‘Lai You-Ren Subsidy Fund’, to encourage students to give back to the community through volunteer work and service.
The 2017 Total Quality Management Conference was held on March 24 at the Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. The organizers arranged the conference to help TKU faculty and staff not just survive in a highly competitive environment, but to thrive, by giving play to their unique personal qualities. The spirit of the event was encapsulated in the theme ‘Applying Your Personal Traits to Develop Charisma and Ensure Service Quality’. During the event, keynote speeches were delivered by special guests, CEOs and managers of successful Taiwanese companies, and participants included all senior-level staff from TKU colleges, academic departments, and administrative divisions.
Dunhuang is a city located in Gansu Province, Western China. One of the richest sources of culture and history in China, Dunhuang has had an influence on religion, art, culture, society, music, dance, and decorative accessories. It stands as one of China's historical landmarks, along with the National Palace Museum, the Great Wall of China, and the Terracotta Warriors. To recognize the part Dunhuang has played in culture and history, an art exhibition commenced today (March 22) at the Carrie-Chang Fine Arts Center, Tamsui Campus, and will continue until mid-April. The exhibition is called ‘Valuable Treasures from the Silk Road - An Art Exhibition on Dunhuang Culture’, and places a special focus on the Mogoa Caves, a system of 492 temples also known as the Thousand Buddha Grottoes.
Times Higher Education (THE) is a research institute that each year publishes a world university ranking, placing institutes of higher education into sequential order. Among the rankings produced is a list of the top 300 universities in Asia according to THE. This year, for the first time, Tamkang University entered the list of 300 leading Asian universities, placing 251st. This accolade is the culmination of concentrated effort over many years, as TKU works to enhance its international standing by providing excellence in the areas of education, research, and service. The THE's list of Asian university rankings is based on five core metrics: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students, and research), and industry income (knowledge transfer).
On the afternoon of March 16, the former President of Taiwan, Ma Ying-Jeou, arrived at the Tamkang University Tamsui Campus to deliver a keynote speech. He was invited by two separate TKU departments, the Department of French and the Department of Public Administration, in a collaborative effort designed to promote a more holistic, cross-disciplinary form of education. Former President Ma's keynote speech addressed the topic ‘Taiwan's Evolution: A New Role in International Society’. The speech was held at the Ching-Sheng International Conference Hall, which was filled to capacity with attendees, including the President of Tamkang University, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who opened the event with a welcome speech. President Chang noted that former president Ma is the same age as TKU. She stated that he cares deeply about the status of higher education in Taiwan, pointing to his regular attendance at university president forums each year, and his earnest desire to solve problems related to education. The keynote speech delivered by the former Taiwanese president touched on various themes, and was an insightful analysis of Taiwan's evolving role in international society. In the lively question and answer segment that followed, Ma answered several students' questions on a wide range of topics.
Taipei is slated to hold this year’s World University Games. From August 20-25, the weightlifting portion of the games will be held at Tamkang’s very own Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium, Tamsui Campus. To mark this important milestone, which is now only 160 days away, and to prepare for the historic event, from March 4-6 the 2017 National Collegiate Weightlifting Championships were held at the TKU Tamsui Campus. Several dignitaries attended the event and presented awards to winning contestants, including the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, The Vice Chair of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Yasuo Saito, and the Deputy Director of the Taipei World Games Committee, Cheng Fang-Fan. The TKU Dean of Physical Education, Hsiao Shu-Feng, explained: “The recent Collegiate Championships was akin to a practice or mock trial for the upcoming World Games. It allowed us to make sure that every aspect of the event, from the lighting and security, to the service provided and filming rendered, and even the award ceremony, was in line with official specifications. On March 6th, when the trial event ended, everyone gave us very positive feedback and was very happy with proceedings.”
TKU is currently holding the Tamkang University World Forum for Youth Leaders 2017, which will run from March 8-13. The Forum focuses on the theme “Prospects for the World: Meeting Challenges with Vision”. Topics to be discussed during the event include global governance and democracy, global food supply, energy sources and the environment, global culture and society, the global economy, and global politics. The Forum drew students from 15 universities in nine countries, including local TKU students, who gathered to present dissertations and partake in academic discussions. Present at the event was the TKU Vice President for International Affairs, Dr. Wan-chin Tai, who stated: “this is our fourth year holding the TKU World Forum for Youth Leaders. The purpose of the Forum is to enhance students’ global awareness on issues such as democracy, governance, the economy, the environment and culture. It also allows students to work more closely with other students from TKU sister universities, and allows them to practice their English expression.”
From July 6-7, the TKU Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Leadership and the Hong Kong Institute of Education held the Asia Leadership Roundtable 2017 (ALR) at the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall, Tamsui Campus. Present at the event were over 70 prominent educators from various countries and regions, including Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, America, England, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Israel, South Africa, and Chile. Also in attendance was the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who provided opening remarks. The Dean of the Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Leadership, Ya-Tsz Hsueh, noted that the Roundtable has been held each year since 2010 at countries and regions around the world. It represents a forum for discussion on how to expand and enhance the corpus of knowledge surrounding Asian educational leadership. Tamkang University was granted the opportunity to organize and host the 2017 Roundtable event, which took the theme "Seven years on: the state of the Asian knowledge base."
During the recent Peace Memorial Day holidays, a passionate group of students from the TKU Department of Mass Communication braved the icy weather to dip their feet in the cold rice fields of Dasi, Taoyuan, for a good cause. The group consisted of fourth year students Chen You-Hsuan, Lu Yu-An, Kung Li-Wen, Wang Yu-Ru, Yang Tsan-Yu, and Li Hao-Gang. The trip was part of a program that allows members of the public to adopt a plot of land to support local farmers, promote organic, pesticide-free farming methods, and ensure the sustainability of Taiwanese farmland. Kung-Li Wen, one of the participating seniors, said "Although it was freezing and my feet almost went numb in the wet rice fields, it was more than worth it. These days, people's knowledge of rice fields is very limited. Through our graduation assignment, we hope to raise awareness about the important of Taiwan's rice fields and encourage younger people to spend more time learning about how to work these fields."
At present, the TKU Department of Diplomacy and International Relations is the only university department in Taiwan in which international students outnumber local students. The Department was established two years ago, and each year only allows an additional 25 local students to enrol. Currently, there are 47 local students and 57 international students in the department, and students say that the classroom is so diverse "it's like stepping into a United Nations conference".
The Carrie Chang Fine Arts Center, Tamsui Campus, is currently holding a cross-cultural art exhibition. The purpose of the exhibition is to commemorate and celebrate the work of three deceased artists from three separate regions, who were well-known for their unique artistic styles, as well as promote closer exchange between artistic communities internationally, and give praise to the distinct characteristics of fine art in various regions around Asia. The three artists include Ryu Kyung Chai, a former professor and member of the Korean Academy of Painting, Sukeo AKIYOSHI, a former president of the Fukuoka Fine Art Association, and Lucas Kuo Jen, previously a professor at Taiwan Normal University. The display, titled the ‘2017 Asian International Art Exhibition - Taiwan Committee Members’, commenced on the morning of Feb 22 with an official opening ceremony, and will end March 17. The exhibition is organized and coordinated by TKU faculty member and renowned Taiwanese artist, Gu Chong Guang, and features artwork from 24 members of the Taiwanese Art Committee, with a total of 71 pieces on display.
According to estimates made by Boeing, the global demand for pilots in the next 20 years will come to about 500,000 pilots. Out of this pool of pilots, approximately 200,000 vacancies will need to be filled in the Asia market alone. Positioned in the heart of Asia, Taiwan could capitalize on this trend and transform itself into a pilot training hub for aspiring pilots throughout Asia. Yet at present, it only trains around 100 pilots a year - supply falls far short of demand. To balance this disparity, Tamkang University has embarked on a collaborative program with Apex Flight Academy, signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the morning of Feb 14 at the TKU Taipei Campus. In attendance at the signing ceremony were the TKU Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Keh Huan-chao, and the CEO of Apex Flight Academy, Mr. Wilson Kao. Under the collaborative agreement, TKU will offer credited study programs for aspiring pilots, and Apex Flight Academy will provide instructors, scholarships, and internship programs. The joint effort represents a push to develop Taiwan's education in the area of aviation, in an attempt to meet the future demand for pilots.
Cheers Magazine recently released its annual list of top Taiwanese universities. The list is a compilation of universities, ranked in order, based on the stated preferences of local enterprises in hiring university graduates. Before producing the list, Cheers goes about interviewing and surveying leaders and human resource personnel from 2,000 enterprises in Taiwan. This year, for the 20th year in a row, Tamkang University was ranked number one among Taiwanese private universities, which marks two full decades as the most favoured university for graduates among local Taiwanese enterprises, according to Cheers Magazine. TKU came in ninth spot overall, if you include both national and private universities. Among the characteristics inquired about in the survey, TKU ranked 4th nationally in the category ‘new graduates' work performance exceeded enterprises' expectations’. In seven other such categories, such as ‘possessing an international outlook and foreign language ability’, for example, TKU graduates placed first among all private universities in Taiwan.
Webometrics Rankings of World Universities (WRWU) conducts an evaluation and then publishes a subsequent ranking of world universities in January and July each year. The results for January 2017 were recently published, and showed a dramatic spike in Tamkang University's ranking across various metrics. TKU's overall global ranking increased from 448 in July 2016 to 394 in Jan 2017. Its ranking among Asian universities ascended from 72 to 34, and among Taiwanese universities (both national and private), advanced from 7th place to 6th. Moreover, TKU maintained its consistent place as the number one ranked private university in Taiwan in the WRWU ranking system. This marks TKU's best performance in the evaluations in the last five years.
Each year, on the first day back from the long Chinese New Year vacation, Tamkang University holds a Lunar New Year Gathering to furnish the new year with an auspicious start. Thus, on Feb 7, 2017, TKU held separate social luncheons at each of its three campuses - Tamsui, Taipei, and Lanyang. Senior staff and faculty from each TKU college, department, and administrative unit assembled to celebrate the new year by catching up with co-workers and trying snacks laid out on carefully-placed tables - arranged in a semi-circle - replete with traditional symbols of prosperity and fortune: apples, mandarins, and dates. The Gathering was hosted by the President of TKU, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, who, in her opening remarks, thanked each of the staff and faculty for their hard work and dedication throughout the past year, especially in preparing for the 66th TKU Anniversary event, which was held on Nov 11 last year. President Chang also cited an important book that she read during the Chinese New Year holidays written by two Japanese writers, entitled "The Practical Wisdom of Innovation", which she feels underpins the challenge faced by tertiary institutions at present, and provides insights in how to overcome such challenges through closer and more meaningful collaboration among members of staff. She explained that Tamkang University is now in its fifth phase of development, and that the newly-built Shou-Chien International Conference Center, with its state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, represents a further advancement in Tamkang University's development, and reflects its commitment to internationalization.
The 2016-17 End of Year Gala was held today at the TKU Student Activity Center, Tamsui Campus. This year, the department charged with the job of providing entertainment was the TKU Office of Information Services, which put together a series of vibrant and colourful song and dance numbers, and displayed a range of previously unseen skills: dance skills, physical strength, creativity, and powerful voices. All TKU faculty and staff attended the event, including the TKU President, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the three TKU vice presidents, and deans and chairs from each college and department. To kick off the annual gala, President Chang delivered an opening speech in which she recapped some of the major achievements made by Tamkang over the previous year, including the obtainment of various formal college certifications, as well as the staggering milestone of having over 2,100 international and cross-strait students currently enrolled at TKU. During the gala, apart from the various dazzling performances, there was also a raffle draw – an annual gala tradition. However, this year, unlike previous years, the Section Leader of the TKU Office of Information Services, Lee Shu Hua, also provided several additional prizes, including an HTC10 smart phone, an iphone7, and an iphone7 plus.
Physics is the cornerstone of science and technological progress. It advances human civilization and opens our horizons, allowing us to learn about and understand unknown phenomena. Each year, to push physics further into the public eye, the Physical Society of the Republic of China (PSROC) holds an annual meeting. From Jan 16-18 at the Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium, Tamsui Campus, TKU hosted the PSROC Annual Meeting as well as the Ministry of Science and Technology Presentation Ceremony. Experts from 20 countries and regions around the world attended the event, including participants from America, England, Japan, Switzerland, Korea, Mainland China, and Taiwan, as well as over 1,700 students and faculty members. During the conference, attendees presented their latest research findings and talked about various issues and topics related to current scientific research. Chao-Hung Du, the Chairperson of the TKU Department of Physics, explained that the PSROC Annual Meeting is a once-a-year occasion in which physicists from around Taiwan gather to share their latest discoveries and discuss important topics in the domain of physics. Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, the President of Tamkang University, also attended the event and delivered the opening speech.